The Funeral Flowers

I took the funeral flowers
that had been placed
on my mothers coffin,
fragrant roses and greenery.

I took the funeral flowers
and placed them in our home
among grieving children,
fading roses and greenery.

I took the funeral flowers
and placed them in our garden
under honey malaleuca and rain,
brittle roses and greenery.

I looked atΒ the funeral flowers
months laterΒ and saw roses
gone
but the greenery
still living.

5 months later

Dedicated to Mum who lives on in my heart (and the hearts of everyone who loved her).

 

 

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This is a true story.

Mum died on the 3rd October last year (2010) and I put the funeral flowers in our garden. Five months down the track the greenery is alive and growing. I’m glad I didn’t put them in the compost bin. Does anyone know what plant it is?